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Municipal Law Program (MLP)



 
 

Municipal Law Program (MLP)

This four unit program provides students with a general understanding of municipal legal matters and the knowledge of how far to proceed before seeking professional advice. A Certificate of Completion is awarded once you have successfully completed each MLP Unit. Although it is recommended that you register to take one unit at a time, we do leave the decision up to the individual. You are the best person to determine if you can commit to the curriculum and schedule for more than one unit during the same term. Successful completion of all four units within a three-year timeline is one of the four elements of AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA).

Each year, AMCTO presents an award for excellence to the student who attains the highest cumulative mark upon completion of the four units of this program.

Correspondence Offering - Registration is closed for the Fall 2020 Term and we are no longer  accepting registrations. Please set your calendar for December 1st, as this is when registration will open for the next term.

Classroom Offering - Now delivered using Zoom Meetings during 2020. Please scroll down for specific details and to register. After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the Instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials one week before the first class of each unit.

If your municipality is interested in offering this certificate program in a classroom environment, consider bringing the MLP Units in-house. Contact Jeanne Moon, Coordinator of Programs & Services.

Correspondence Tuition Fees

All course materials are provided through online access
Fee for each unit is $412.45 (365.00 + 47.45 HST #R106732936)

If you would like a hardcopy of the textbook, an additional fee applies - $452.00 (365.00 + 35.00 + 52.00 HST #R106732936)
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes.

If you will not be registering online, forms can be found on the Assignment Schedule page, when registration is open.

Correspondence Course Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Claudia Biasutto. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.
Registration for the MLP Unit 1 Correspondence Offering - Introduction to Municipal Law

Provides a general context of the law and the legal framework governing Municipalities. It also introduces students to the infrastructure of Municipal organization and operation. Further, the lessons provide an overview of the Municipal Act of 2001 and address legal and philosophical issues of statutory interpretation. Other topics in the Unit deal with Municipal by-laws and how to define, draft, enforce and defend them. The Unit concludes with a discussion of how to manage Municipal records.

Registration is closed for the Fall 2020 Term and we are no longer  accepting registrations. Please set your calendar for December 1st, as this is when registration will open for the next term.


Registration for the MLP Unit 2 Correspondence Offering - Municipal Torts

Examines tort law in the context of Municipal liability. In particular, it addresses issues related to liability in enforcement activities, public works activities, and recreational activities. The Unit also examines liability in matters dealing directly with Municipal politicians for things like negligence, unlawful interference with economic interests, libel and slander, breach of trust, abuse of office and the like. The discussion also includes various remedies under tort law, with an emphasis on the classification, measure and awarding of damages. Other topics in the Unit include limitation periods in law. The Unit concludes with a discussion of insurance, including their acquisition and the process of making of claims.

Registration is closed for the Fall 2020 Term and we are no longer  accepting registrations. Please set your calendar for December 1st, as this is when registration will open for the next term.


Registration for the MLP Unit 3 Correspondence Offering - Municipal Contracts

Focuses on contract law and their application to Municipalities. The lessons cover subjects such as the formation of contracts and their statutory framework. The discussion also addresses the various elements of a contract and the principles surrounding its termination. Other topics in the Unit include the analysis of a contract, various types of contracts, the capacity to contract, as well as the basic procedures of drafting of a contract.

Registration is closed for the Fall 2020 Term and we are no longer  accepting registrations. Please set your calendar for December 1st, as this is when registration will open for the next term.


Registration for the MLP Unit 4 Correspondence Offering – Municipal Land Related Law

Focuses on Municipal land-related law. It addresses core topics like landholding and landowners, ownership and other interests in land. It also examines issues related to descriptions, plans and surveys in Ontario. The Unit further provides a discussion of the Planning Act, including a detailed analysis of Provincial plans, Provincial policy statements and related official plans. Other significant and often highly controversial subjects within the Planning Act covered in the Unit are zoning and site plan control. The Unit also addresses issues of land division and the development permit system associated with the Planning Act. The remaining topics in the Unit include discussions about statutes creating a lien on land, Municipal tax collection, Municipal land dealings and the Building Code Act of 1992.

Registration is closed for the Fall 2020 Term and we are no longer  accepting registrations. Please set your calendar for December 1st, as this is when registration will open for the next term.


Challenging a MLP Unit

Applicants must have a minimum of five-years related municipal experience in a senior supervisory role and/or courses to receive approval to challenge any unit of MLP. Challenging any unit of MLP is an opportunity to receive credit for a specific MLP Unit without submitting assignments. Approved applicants will be required to submit a paper and write an exam for each unit. An overall minimum passing grade of 70% must be attained to gain credit for the specific MLP Unit you are challenging.

Challenge Fee with PDF version of textbook: $265.55 per unit (235.00 + 30.55 HST #R106732936)
Challenge Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook: $305.10 per unit (235.00 + 35.00 + 35.10 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in registering to challenge any MLP Unit, submit the MLP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke.
(only available when the correspondence registration is open).

All Four Units of MLP Classes - Now Delivered Through Digital Format

Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, all four MLP Units of the in-person education classes, have been scheduled to be delivered through Zoom Meetings.

Although the Instructor will be speaking to you remotely, you will have the ability to participate virtually. Therefore, we encourage you to take advantage of the tools available, to make these classes a successful learning environment.

Please note that you must have the I.T. infrastructure to accommodate this format (laptop and internet access). View full list of Zoom Requirements.

Maximum of 25 spaces per unit
Registration is CLOSED and the class is FULL 

Registering for the MLP Unit 1 Class-Digital Format, will reserve your space for the MLP Unit 2, 3 and 4 Classes-Digital Format (see dates below). Registration will be circulated for the MLP Unit 2 classes, if any space is available, after the MLP Unit 1 classes start. Contact Rosita Bourke to be placed on the wait list.

Digital Format Fee Per Unit:
$508.50 ($450.00 + $58.50 HST #R106732936)
All course materials are included and provided through online access. Due to COVID-19 circumstances and barriers with shipping logistics, hardcopy of the textbooks are not available, at this time.

Curriculum:
Although the curriculum for each unit is the same as the correspondence offering, it is the delivery that is different. After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the Instructor will circulate the specific agenda and the link to access ALL course materials, one week before the first class of each unit. The Instructor will also schedule the 24-hour, open-book exam date with you, after the classes have started for each unit.

Attendance is essential to this format of learning.  However, all sessions will be recorded and provided to all registered students for each unit, therefore, in the event that you are unable to attend any one of the dates per unit, you will have the opportunity to listen to the presentation(s) at a later date. Nonetheless, there may be participation marks that you may miss, if you are unable to attend. After you receive the agenda, you will be able to determine what you may miss and if necessary, discuss this matter with the Instructor, at that time.

Refund Policy for Digital Format Classes Per Unit:
All cancellations must be confirmed  in writing to AMCTO, Claudia Biasutto. A refund levy of $113.00 per unit (100.00 + 13.00HST) will be applied to all cancellations received up to Fourteen (14) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within 13 days or less of the event date. Transfers to a future offering is not permitted.
Registration for the MLP Unit 1 Classes - Zoom Meetings

MLP Unit 1 - Introduction to Municipal Law (4 days)
Maximum of 25 spaces

Registration is CLOSED and the class is FULL

Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the 4 days for the MLP Unit 1 in-person education classes, have been scheduled to be delivered through Zoom Meetings on the following dates: 
  
July 6, 7, 20 & 21 - Each day is from 9am to 4pm with sign-in at 8:30am
Exam Dates: TBD by the Instructor

After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the Instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials, one week before the first class.

INSTRUCTOR: David N. Germain, Partner, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors


Registration for the MLP Unit 2 Classes - Digital Format

MLP Unit 2 - Municipal Torts (4 days)
Registration will be circulated if the MLP Unit 1 Class does not reach capacity or if space becomes available

Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the 4 days for the MLP Unit 2 in-person education classes, have been scheduled to be delivered through Zoom Meetings on the following dates: 
  
August 10, 11, 24 & 25 - Each day is from 9am to 4pm with sign-in at 8:30am
Exam Dates: TBD by the Instructor

After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the Instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials, one week before the first class.

INSTRUCTOR: Al Burton, Partner, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors


Registration for the MLP Unit 3 Classes - Digital Format

MLP Unit 3 - Municipal Contracts (4 days)Maximum of 25 spaces
Registration is CLOSED and the class is FULL

Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the 4 days for the MLP Unit 3 in-person education classes, have been scheduled to be delivered through Zoom Meetings on the following dates: 
  
September 10, 11, 24 & 25 - Each day is from 9am to 4pm with sign-in at 8:30am
Exam Dates: TBD by the Instructor

After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the Instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials, one week before the first class.

INSTRUCTOR: Denitza Koev, Partner, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors


Registration for the MLP Unit 4 Classes - Digital Format

MLP Unit 4 - Municipal Land Related Law (4 days)
Registration will be circulated if the MLP Unit 3 Class does not reach capacity or if space becomes available

Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the 4 days for the MLP Unit 4 in-person education classes, have been scheduled to be delivered through Zoom Meetings on the following dates: 
  
October 15, 16, 29 & 30 - Each day is from 9am to 4pm with sign-in at 8:30am
Exam Dates: TBD by the Instructor

After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the Instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials, one week before the first class.

INSTRUCTOR: Denitza Koev, Partner, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors